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This drive to support the efforts of schools during the COVID-19 shutdown has surfaced many of the same policy obstacles that have long stood in the way of personalized learning, in particular seat-time. Every state has implemented temporary measures to ensure schools are funded and students receive credit during the pandemic, but we will take a look at the states that are seizing the moment and implementing bold, systemic changes that will empower innovation well into the future.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop an understanding of why seat-time policies have been a barrier to personalized, competency-based learning, particularly as systems rebuild postCOVID-19.
  2. Discover how policymakers are dismantling these barriers in differing ways.
  3. Brainstorm how teaching and learning can shift once these barriers are removed.

Presenters:

  • Jon Alfuth, KnowledgeWorks
  • Michelle Udall, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Jason Berg, Farmington Area Public Schools
  • Angela Stallings, Utah State Board of Education